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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Albuquerque.

Friday
Aug292014

Three Men at-Large After Kelly's Liquor Store Robbery

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers Unit is investigating a robbery at Kelly's Liquor Store that occurred back in May.

According to police, on May 19, three African American men stole more than $10,000 worth of liquor and cigarettes from Kelly's Liquor Store on Juan Tabo Boulevard.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.


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Friday
Aug292014

Authorities Investigating Reported Purse Snatching

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Authorities are investigation a purse snatching incident.

The Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers Unit says, a 70-year-old woman's purse was stolen on June 19 in the parking lot of Cottonwood Mall.

The victim says she was distracted by a blonde woman asking for directions. The same blonde woman acted as the getaway driver for the purse snatcher.

Someone then allegedly tried to use one of the woman's credit cards at a Circle K and Wal-Mart.

The authorities ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.


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Friday
Aug292014

Police: Man Shot and Killed While Trying to Rob Restaurant

(BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M.) -- A man was fatally shot while trying to rob a restaurant in Albuquerque on Thursday evening, authorities said.

According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, a man tried to rob a Dairy Queen restaurant, located at 427 Isleta Blvd. SW just after 6 p.m. and was shot in the process.

The wounded man was taken to an area hospital, where he later died, the station reported.

Investigators told ABC affiliate KOAT-TV that the alleged robber was shot by a restaurant employee.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Motorcyclist Killed in Wednesday Crash

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car on Wednesday.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, the motorcyclist drove through the intersection at 98th Street and Blake Road without stopping, colliding with a car.

The motorcyclist died at the scene.

Police say alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Hot Water Heater Sparks Fire at Mobile Home

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A hot water heater reportedly sparked a fire at a mobile home Wednesday evening.

The Albuquerque Fire Department reports that at about 6:40 p.m., crews responded to a fire at a mobile home at 7740 Spencer Road.

No injuries were reported and the fire was under control within three minutes.

Officials say the smoke came from a hot water heater.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Santa Fe Decriminalizes Possessing Small Amount of Pot

(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- Possessing small amounts of marijuana in the City of Santa Fe is no longer a criminal offense.

On Wednesday, the Santa Fe City Council voted 5-4 in favor of adopting an ordinance, which makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25.

This vote makes Santa Fe the first New Mexico city to pass such an ordinance, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

City Offers 'Seven Dollar Saturday' for Adult Pet Adoptions 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The City of Albuquerque is offering area residents the opportunity to adopt adult pets for $7 this Saturday.

The new event aims to "find loving homes for adult companions," with animals at least one year old, according to the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department.

Attendees at the Eastside and Westside Animal Shelters and Lucky Paws in Coronado Mall will be able to meet pets and talk with an adoption counselor.

While the standard adoption fee will be reduced, all other policies, including match-making procedures and background checks, will be in effect.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

NM Payday Loan Customers Eligible for Refunds 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- State customers of a national payday loan company may be eligible for a full refund on all payments, interests, and fees, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King announced Tuesday.

The refunds come as a result of an investigation by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into ACE Cash Express. Officials discovered that the company used "illegal debt collection tactics," including false threats of criminal prosecution and harassment. Consumers were forced into taking out additional loans they could not afford, according to King.

As part of the action, ACE will pay $5 million as a penalty for the violations, in addition to $5 million in refunds.

“There are 17 ACE Cash Express stores doing business in New Mexico, so there is a good chance a number of customers here may qualify for a part of the $5 million in refunds,” King said.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

Cops Make Two More Arrests in Senior Citizen Robberies

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Police have made two more arrests in a string of robberies targeting the elderly in Albuquerque.

On Tuesday, Albuquerque Police announced that they've arrested Breanna Aguilar and Marie Jones in connection with several armed and strong-arm robberies of senior citizens at local stores over the last few months.

Jones is charged with armed robbery, and Aguilar is charged with conspiracy to commit second- and third-degree felonies.

Andre Nevarez is also charged in connection to the crimes.


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Tuesday
Aug262014

Man Arrested in Car Dealership Burglary

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Albuquerque Police arrested a man Monday in connection to a burglary at a used car dealership.

Officers responded to an alarm call at Zia Auto Sales on Menaul Boulevard just before 4 a.m. and arrived to find a broken window.

Further inspection of the building resulted in the discovery of Jose Monge, 30, who was hiding in a desk in a back office.

Monge was taken into the custody and charged with commercial burglary, larceny, possession of burglary tools, and battery on an officer.

Monge has a history of arrests dating back to 2004, according to police.


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